"He was the one guy coming out of spring late, not as many appearances as the other guys, so we were kind of spoon-feeding him into a more prominent role," Melvin said. "He just gives us another option late in games, and we have a lot of them."
Cook owns a 1.35 ERA, with an 8:6 K:BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings pitched.
Williams expects Hairston to do regular outfield drills on Saturday. Barring any setbacks, Hairston could start working on game situations in the near future.
"I think it's the right decision," manager Joe Girardi said. "I haven't really seen anyone rehab a partially torn ligament and have success. It seems what it does is just delay the inevitable of what's going to happen. Then instead of maybe missing a year and a little bit of time, you miss a couple of years."
Nova will likely need 12-18 months to return to action, meaning this is probably the last we will see of him until the 2015 season starts.
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Furcal missed the 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery.
Johnson signed a one-year deal worth $8 million with the Padres after posting a 2-8 record with a 6.20 ERA in 16 starts in 2013.
Jackson recorded his first quality start of the season, limiting the Diamondbacks to three runs in seven innings of work. He allowed five hits and a pair of walks, but had to settle for the loss, his second of the season. Jackson finished the start with four strikeouts, while throwing 64 of 104 pitches for strikes.
Jackson is off to a rocky start to the season, posting a 5.02 ERA and 1-2 record through five starts. He will try to get back on track in his next start, set for Tuesday in Cincinnati.
Headley sustained the injury coming out of batters box during his first at-bat in the second inning. It's the same calf injury that kept him sidelined for a good portion of spring training. He was replaced by Alexi Amarista.
Headley is hitting .186 with two home runs and seven RBI in 70 at-bats. His status remains up in the air for the second game of a four-game series on Friday.
Jankowski, the 44th overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, injured his wrist while running into the fence after making a catch. He was hitting .254 in his first 67 at-bats for Double-A San Antonio.